Bucknell is need aware and does not meet full need.
IMO at Bucknell being full pay in the ED round is an advantage…I will stop short of calling it a hook, but some reasonable people might call it that.
I took a look at the most recent CDS 2018/19. https://www.bucknell.edu/azdirectory/institutional-research-planning/institutional-data
Total Merit aid (non-need based) amount was 6.3M (H1) for freshman, so not much in the grand scheme of things. We also don’t know how that money was broken down between ED and RD applicants.
Looking at the details: for students who demonstrated financial need, 115 (H2g) of them received non-need based monies (I am assuming in addition to need based aid but that’s not clear).
In section H2A, line o, there were 55 freshman with no demonstrated need who received non-need based aid of $18K on average.
Bottom line: without much money in merit aid, it could make sense to take the ED advantage…but do that as long as you are OK with being full pay. If any merit money comes your way that would be a bonus, but can’t be counted on.
And for one of the funniest things I have seen in a CDS, look at line H2h…rather than putting in the number of students whose need was fully met, they literally wrote ‘we don’t meet need’ in each column.
Can’t imagine the President of the University or Dean of Admissions would be happy to see that, lol.
I guess we are left to believe that Bucknell did not meet full need for any student…which would be really uncommon…even schools that don’t meet full need in toto, often meet full need for some select students that they really want.